Problem with a (approximately) 4 week old chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lindseyh, May 4, 2017.

  1. lindseyh

    lindseyh Just Hatched

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    Hi all,
    I'm a new chicken keeper and have a chick that has had vent problems since we brought her home. We currently have 8 chicks total (including her) and none of the other chicks have a problem. She had pasty butt originally, but that doesn't seem to be the problem anymore. After reading through some other subscriber questions, I thought it was vent gleet so I added ACV to the water, made sure the brooder wasn't too hot, and made sure the water and electrolytes/probiotics I was giving them in a separate water container was at room temperature. I also have been applying anti-fungal cream to her vent, but that doesn't seem to be helping.
    I am feeding them an organic starter now, but started them on a medicated feed, which they got for the first week and a half that I had them. The chick in question is eating, drinking, and acting normally in accordance with the other chick, but she is not developing as fast. All the other chicks are molting and getting new feathers more so than she is and she is smaller than the rest of the chicks.
    Sorry for the long thread; I would appreciate any help or suggestions you may have. I just feel bad for her not knowing what to do. I have attached a photo of her vent and what it looks like every morning. Her bottom is also not covered in a lot of feathers and has been like that since I got her.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Lindsey
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    Some chicks just develop slower than others.
    Try to keep the bum cleaned off, it looks a little prolapsed(?) hard to tell. You can apply some hemmoroid cream to see if that helps to reduce any swelling that you see. Vaseline works well on the down to keep the poop from sticking so much.

    It's possible it could be cause by the switching of feed. If you haven't done so, offer some chick grit (crushed granite) free choice - just sprinkle a little in the brooder, they will take what they need.

    You can try giving her a boost by adding some poultry vitamins to the water a couple of times a week and giving extra protein like egg or tuna, to see if that makes a difference.
     
  3. lindseyh

    lindseyh Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much Wyorp Rock! I appreciate all the suggestions. [​IMG]
     
  4. lindseyh

    lindseyh Just Hatched

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the suggestions! She is doing much better.
     

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